The New Yorker Releases a Preview of New Week's Cover, First in the Trump Era

An early look at next week's cover, “The Wall,” by Bob Staake:
An early look at next week's cover, “The Wall,” by Bob Staake:
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When we first received the results of the election, we felt as though we had hit a brick wall, full force. “The election of Donald Trump to the Presidency is nothing less than a tragedy for the American republic, a tragedy for the Constitution, and a triumph for the forces, at home and abroad, of nativism, authoritarianism, misogyny, and racism,” David Remnick wrote in a piece posted shortly after the announcement. “The pathos—the disappointment at waking up on Wednesday morning and not finding a woman President-elect—is undeniable, and heartbreaking,” added Amy Davidson. Our Web site is now continually updated with reactions like these, to the news of Trump’s victory. “To combat authoritarianism, to call out lies, to struggle honorably and fiercely in the name of American ideals—that is what is left to do. That is all there is to do,” Remnick concluded. And so we must go on—with words and images such as this cover by Bob Staake for next week’s issue.

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